8 Wines to make a Memorable Summer

8 Wines to make a Memorable Summer, June 2023 – I’m excited for Summer 2023! I have some important events to celebrate, and I want to make them unforgettable by planning special gatherings and enjoying the summer days. While being present at the moment is important, choosing a memorable wine can enhance the experience. That way, you can relive the moment when you try that wine again and elevate your senses to remember that special day.

Hence, thinking about pool days, wedding days, cough, cough, graduations, and summer nights, I crafted 8 Wines to make a Memorable Summer list to pair with summer fare so you don’t worry about the little details but rather delight with your family and friends.

8 Wines to make a Memorable Summer

Codorniu Ars Collecta Cava Brut Blanc De Blancs – NV 

If you’re looking for a delicious sparkling wine, Cava is the way to go! Codorníu Ars Collecta has been making wine for almost 500 years, so you can trust their expertise.

This blend combines two different styles: the International Varietal Chardonnay brings freshness and aging potential, thanks to the continental climate, while Xarel·lo and Parellada from Penedès, which has a Mediterranean climate, make the flavor profile complex, robust, and utterly unique

.On the nose, you’ll surely notice the subtle yet delightful blend of toasted bread flavor with the fruity sweetness of peach and nectarine notes. This is further complemented by the distinct taste of brioche and nuts, resulting from the wine’s extended aging process. As you take a sip, the wine’s complex and elegant flavor will surely satisfy your taste buds, and the longer you continue to drink, the more you’ll appreciate the wine’s heightened taste. The taste is well-balanced and broad, and the texture is exceptionally creamy.

For the Rosé Lover:

Diora, La Belle Fête Rosé of Pinot Noir – (750ml/ $19.99)

La Belle Fete means “beautiful party,” this Rosé will add a special touch to any occasion. The grape blend is unique, with 88% Pinot Noir, a 7% splash of Grenache, and 5% Chenin Blanc. The last two grapes bring aromatics and flavor. Notably, a small amount of Grenache was blended to lift the strawberry notes, and a touch of Chenin Blanc was added to obtain a floral fragrance. Pair this with a green salad, savory pastry, and even Huevos Rancheros for brunch.

Saracina Rosé of Grenache 2022 (750ml/$19.99)  

Saracina’s Rosé of Grenache is produced in Mendocino County, CA. Saracina Vineyards from Taub Family uses sustainable farming methods on vineyards. It is also home to 140-year-old olive trees, vegetable gardens, beehives, and local wildlife. This delightful rosé has a clean and crisp taste, prominent red berry notes, and a long, lively finish.

For the White Wine Lover

 Mar de Frades Albariño 2022

This Albarino has a bright, pale lemon color with hints of lime. Its aroma is fresh and intense, with notes of tropical fruit, wildflowers, eucalyptus, and mint. The taste is smooth and refreshing, with a distinct salty and mineral flavor. This type of wine goes well with seafood dishes. For instance, pair with paella or seafood risotto, especially with shrimp, mussels, or octopus, as it complements the oceanic influence of the dish.

Sauvignon Blanc, anyone? Sauvignon Blanc is one of the varieties that have gained much popularity in US for at least the past 3 years, and this year will not be an exception. I love Sauvignon Blanc as a pool or beachside wine; you can’t go wrong with this one.

Dutcher Crossing Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County 2022

I have had Dutcher Crossing for the past 3 years and love their craftsmanship. Moreover, they are led by a woman, and seeing how particular they are about their terroir is inspiring. Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma has texture and reminds me of some of the Sauvignon Blancs I have tried from the Loire Valley. Tropical fruit on the nose and palate but white tannins, flesh, character, and easy to drink!

Viña Leyda Coastal Vineyards “Garuma” Sauvignon Blanc 2021 (750ml/ $19.99)

I have been enjoying the wines of Chile for the past 3 years and discovering wine regions from the north to the south; it has come to the point that I am getting very geek about the specific areas. 

I was thrilled to discover Leyda, a renowned winery in the San Antonio Valley and surrounding areas, including the Leyda Valley. Since its establishment in 1998, Leyda has consistently produced exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, thanks to their vineyards’ cool climate located only a few kilometers from the Pacific Ocean. The excellent winemaking skills of Viviana Navarrete also significantly contribute to their success.

If you’re seeking a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with character and not fruit-forward, Garuma is your choice. Garuma is part of their Single Vineyards line, recently re-branded as the Coastal Vineyards line to showcase the region’s connection to the sea and its profound effect on the wines. Garuma is not your typical Sauvignon Blanc; it had tone and character and reminded me of Sancerre fermented in barrels from the Loire Valley. 80% of the wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks blended with 20% of the wine made in barrels. Hence, the hint of oak influence added complexity to the taste without being too heavy great to pair with salmon and poultry.

 For the Chillable Reds Lover 

Dutcher Crossing Placida Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021 Russian River Valley

The first Pinot Noir from the Placida Vineyard under the Dutcher Crossing label was released in 2021. It showcases a refined style and aged in used barrels to highlight the vineyard’s unique characteristics. The wine aromas start with an exquisite bouquet of red fruits, cream, dried orange peel, jasmine, citrus blossom, mocha, black tea, pine resin, and forest floor. On the palate, with flavors of tart cherries, pomegranate, and raspberry. The wine’s texture, and tannins are joined by vibrant acidity are perfectly balanced. It also hasa stony mineral quality, creating an excellent tension that extends the length and finish. This leaves you with lingering flavors of cocoa powder, dough, under-ripe raspberries, and cherry pits, making this Pinot Noir an exceptional choice.

Veramonte Pinot Noir 2020 (750ml/$19.99)

Veramonte Pinot Noir

During summer nights, we can fulfill our dreams with Pinot Noir. Veramonte Pinot Noir showcases delightful red fruit flavors and has a smooth texture from the silky tannins. Chilled to reach 10-12 C and enjoy !


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